In less than a week I depart Melbourne- my hometown and partial love of my life, for dustier pastures in Western Australia. As excited as I am to begin the next chapter I think a lengthy and drawn-out fair well of this fair city is in order. So I have comprised a bucket-list to complete before I leave on an airplane on Friday.
1. Attend an AFL Game (Australian Football League for my international readers) Melbourne’s love for this sport knows no bounds. My Dad often says those living in Melbourne not following the football are at a significant social disadvantage. He’s absolutely right. A friend from interstate once asked me why I chose to barrack for Carlton FC seeing as I do not, nor have I ever lived in the suburb of Carlton. Her question baffled me mostly because she assumed I had a choice in the team I follow. I live and breathe Carlton because my Dad bestowed me the privilege to do so at birth. To choose a team is like to choose your own name; bizarre and plain weird. I go to games most weekends, so I obviously need to fit one in before I leave.
2. Attend a Fashion Event Melburnians think they live in the fashion capital of Australia. We’re probably right. I don’t wish to get into an argument with Sydneysiders on this issue. I just need to get invited somewhere amazing before heading off to live in a mining town.
3. Consume Delicious Coffee Apparently Melbourne has the best coffee in Australia, which is mandatory given our aspirations to be ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘European’. So although I’m more of a tea girl, I’d better drink some before I leave. Preferably somewhere pretentious, in a lane way where they only serve organic milk. This one will be easy.
4. See a live band/contemporary movement piece/art exhibition We’re also superior when it comes to arts. Go figure.
5. Get out of Melbourne if there’s one thing Melburnians love as much as Melbourne it’s getting out of the city for the weekend. Whether it’s to the beach (don’t get me started on the Peninsula vs Great Ocean Road cliques), wine country or to the snow, getting away allows Melburnians the chance to complain about how inferior the coffee is, how they couldn’t catch the game at the MCG or how lacking in artistic flair their weekend destination was.
There are also a few other things like go shopping, eating authentic food from three different continents in one day, and riding on a tram.
Any others I’ve missed?